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Posted at: Apr 7, 2019, 7:24 AM; last updated: Apr 8, 2019, 4:19 PM (IST)

30 best children’s books of all times

Philip Womack

We all have cherished memories of the books we read and shared as children. Everybody will remember the book that made them laugh and cry, the one that they turn to again and again. Like totems, we pass them on to our own children, each book a spell in itself. Here is a list of children’s books that have stood the tests of time, taste and, most importantly, readers. Each one can be read and enjoyed by a child today as much as it was by the children of the past.

 1. The Alice books by Lewis Carroll (19th century)

 2. Kinder-und Hausmarchen (‘Nursery and Household Tales’) by The Brothers Grimm (19th century)

 3. Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (19th century)

 4. The One Thousand and One Nights by Anon (Folk tales)

 5. Peter and Wendy by J M Barrie (1911)

 6. The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which is to Come by John Bunyan (1678)

 7. The Narnia series by CS Lewis (mid-20th century)

 8. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (1995)

 9. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien (1937)

 10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)

 11. The Once and Future King by TH White (1958)

 12. Five Children and It by E Nesbit (1902)

 13. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (1894)

 14. Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988)

 15. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)

 16. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (1936)

 17. The Wolves of Willough by Chase by Joan Aiken (1962)

 18. The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin (1968)

 19. Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)

 20. The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively (1973)

 21. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (late 20th century)

 22. The Scarecrows by Robert Westall (1981)

 23. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (2001)

 24. Down with Skool! A Guide to School Life for Tiny Pupils and their Parents by Geoffrey Willans and Ronald Searle (1953)

 25. The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban (1967)

 26. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (2001)

 27. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (2015)

 28. How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (2003)

 29. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)

 30. Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes (1857)

— The Independent

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